When the directer of photography from Howell at the Moon
was invited out by some local trail riders to film mountain biking, he had no idea what they were getting into. He could go along to film, but only if they kept the locations secret. Later him and the rest of the crew learned that not only were the trails secret, but they were illegal; they had a story.Pedal Driven
is a non-profit documentary based in the forests Leavenworth, Washington and other locations throughout Washington and the United States that tells the story of both trail riders and environmentalists through unbiased eyes. Join the crew as they follow both sides of the story to show us how trail building in some parts of the world really works. The film also shows us the success stories which have come out of the dispute and how the two sides have come together to make compromises.
This isn't a normal bike film, Pedal Driven
is a film that puts the variables into the equation and shows us the behind scene work of our trail builders and the authorities.
Here's what Jeff Ostenson has to say about why the film being non-profit is beneficiary to the bike community:
"As a non-profit project, our mode is to raise the money through donations and grants to fund the film. The cool part is that once it's done, all the proceeds will go toward land stewardship and trail projects. The tough part is raising the money. To date we've raised about $100k of the $175k budget. If we can raise the rest of the money, we can likely finish the film in about 2 months."
Help to finish the film and give back to the bike community by donation here!
Here is Pedal Driven's
Along with filming mountain biking, the crew has traveled to various locations to document how different groups are dealing with the tough laws against trail building. The crew stopped at the urban mountain bike park called I-5 Colonnade, built under the I-5 in the Seattle area of Washington to film a segment.
Filming on scene for Pedal Driven
Pedal Driven isn't a film with big name riders, instead they worked with local trail riders to keep the film authentic. Here's a sneak peak of the Duthie Hill Bike Park segment with some local riders.Pedal Driven
has no set release date, but is planned to be done in the next few months depending on when enough funding comes in. Keep your eyes open for more news about the film!
Pedal Driven is a non-profit film and needs support to make things happen, you can make a donation to the project here
For the latest news, or to read more about the film check out the Pedal Driven website
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